What does it mean to tell a meaningful story?…
And by “what does it mean,” we mean…
How much work really goes into it?
What kinds of decisions have to be made along the way?
How do we get funding?
And most importantly… at what moment do you know that a story HAS meaning, and what does it really mean to go all in and commit to telling it?
These and about one million other questions have had to be answered in the last 8 months of telling the #standwithme story. We put together this making of film together (shout out to Joyce for her direction on the piece) to talk about what it has meant for us to tell this story. Where our minds have been, what we feared (and currently fear) going into this, and why this story matters so much to us (and hopefully to you too).
The best stories reach far and wide to bring back something bigger. That is what this piece is when we watch it – a much bigger picture of what we’ve done together.
This BTS piece debuted on No Film School last week, and we wanted to bring it to our blog today to ask all of you a question:
What’s a story YOU really want to tell? Something you’ve always wanted to explore with your camera in hand — a story you would tell not only because it’s good, but because it actually means something to you? We want to hear from you, and we are offering our KNOW Field Guide as a thank you to several people who get involved in the conversation.
We’re asking this because we’re currently very high on the feeling of finishing a film that means more to us than anything — and we think that MORE filmmakers need to get out and do this, knowing that the challenges of creating a film can be approached differently now, in the year (almost) 2014 when we all have more resources and creative outlets at our fingertips than ever.
#standwithme is a story we told our own way, and we plan do distribute it in our own way — and we think it’s one example of how this industry is changing. Lucky for storytellers like us and you — it’s a good change — one that means we have more freedom to tell stories that matter, the stories we want to tell, and there is hope for getting the world to see it with so many new and unconventional tools.
We’re planning to go in-depth on this topic more next — but for now, we want to hear from you…
What’s your dream story?
If budget, time, outside priorities, or whatever is holding you back wasn’t an issue… what film would you create?
Tell us about that story.
Tell us the story that you’d love to tell.
Let go, and dream.
Submit your dream story to the comments by 11:59pm PST Wednesday, December 11th(For a chance to win the KNOW Field Guide…)
Give US the elevator pitch — the idea in an exciting way, in just a few sentences (in the comment section of this post).
Patrick, George, and Maggie will each choose ONE, and we’ll send out a copy of our KNOW Field Guide to each of our choices.
We’re doing this little contest as incentive for you to just TELL SOMEONE about your dream idea. Someone who will listen and care, someone who has made that leap into the unknown to follow a great story.
We’re here to dream with you.